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August 2009 Minutes

DRAFT MINUTES – NOT YET APPROVED
National Chimney Sweep Guild
Board of Directors Meeting
August 13, 2009
CSIA Technology Center, Plainfield, IN

President Brooks called the meeting of the National Chimney Sweep Guild Board of Directors to order at 10:50 a.m.

Directors Present: Jeremy Biswell, Randy Brooks, Russ Dimmitt, Dennis Dobbs, Stephen Kuber, Mark Maynard, Diane Pilger, Bob Priesing, Jay Walker and Howard Rowell (ex-officio)

Directors Absent: George Stroup (unexcused)

Staff Present: Mark McSweeney, Melissa Heeke, Judy Thompson, Ashley Eldridge, Debbie Cornelius and Art Garrett

Guests Present: John Pilger, Georgia Biswell

A motion was made by Dennis Dobbs and seconded by Russ Dimmitt to accept the minutes of the May 6, 2009 minutes as amended. Voting in favor: All in favor. Motion carries.

A motion was made by Dennis Dobbs and seconded by Jay Walker to accept the minutes of the June 25, 2009 minute as presented. Voting in favor: All in favor. Motion carries.

President’s Report: As submitted by Randy Brooks

Treasurer’s Report: As submitted by Jay Walker. Brooks expressed his thanks to each of the members of the board for the input during the four-hour budget work session earlier in the week.

A motion was made by Dennis Dobbs and seconded by Mark Maynard to accept the Treasurer’s Report as presented. Voting in favor: All in favor. Motion carries.

Executive Director’s Report: As submitted by Mark McSweeney. He added that of the 937 ballots mailed to NCSG members nationwide, 126 ballots were returned. 109 members of those voting (87 percent of the returned ballots) voted in favor of the bylaws amendments.

McSweeney asked Biswell to certify the amendments to the bylaws that were adopted by the membership of the Guild on August 7, 2009. As of this meeting, the amended bylaws are now officially in effect.

McSweeney also added that holding the board workshops and meetings on the same days as the Chimney Safety Institute of America poses unique challenges to the professional staff.

Additionally, McSweeney thanked two board members, Jay Walker and Diane Pilger, for their Member-Get-A-Member membership recruitment efforts. 

Legal Report: As submitted by Art Garrett. He added that Larry Halprin, a partner from the Keller & Heckman office, will soon become more active in work to address the OSHA fall protection standards for the chimney sweeping industry.

A motion was made by Jay Walker and seconded by Russ to accept the consent agenda as presented. Voting in favor: Jeremy Biswell, Russ Dimmitt, Dennis Dobbs, Stephen Kuber, Mark Maynard, Diane Pilger, Bob Priesing and Jay Walker. All in favor. Motion carries.

Annual Planning Update: As presented by Bob Priesing. He stated that the Technical Advisory Council will be undergoing functional changes in the future. Brooks also thanked everyone for their input during the planning review earlier in the week.

The meeting was recessed for lunch at 11:47am.

The meeting reconvened at 12:35pm.

A motion was made by Mark Maynard and seconded by Jeremy Biswell to accept Jim Baynes’ resignation from the board. Voting in favor: Jeremy Biswell, Russ Dimmitt, Dennis Dobbs, Stephen Kuber, Mark Maynard, Diane Pilger, Bob Priesing and Jay Walker. All in favor. Motion carries.

A motion was made by Russ Dimmitt and seconded by Mark Maynard to adopt the new regional map as follows: 

Voting in favor: Jeremy Biswell, Russ Dimmitt, Dennis Dobbs, Stephen Kuber, Mark Maynard, Diane Pilger, Bob Priesing and Jay Walker. All in favor. Motion carries.

A motion was made by Bob Priesing and seconded by Russ Dimmitt to approve the FY09-10 budget as presented by the Finance Committee. Voting in favor: Jeremy Biswell, Russ Dimmitt, Dennis Dobbs, Stephen Kuber, Mark Maynard, Diane Pilger, Bob Priesing and Jay Walker. All in favor. Motion carries.

 

The next board meeting will be held 11am Eastern on November 4, 2009 via teleconference.

Randy Brooks appointed the following committee chairs:

A motion was made by Dennis Dobbs and seconded by Stephen Kuber to adjourn the meeting. Voting in favor: All in favor. Motion carries.

The meeting was adjourned at 12:55pm.

Not to be relied upon as official board action. 
Not yet approved.
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- Bylaws: Bob Priesing 
- Convention Site Selection: Diane Pilger
- Ethics: Jeremy Biswell

- Government Affairs: Diane Pilger
- Governance: Howard Rowell

- History: Jack Pixley
- ICC Representative: Bob Priesing
- International Relations: Victor Imgarten

- Long Range Planning: Bob Priesing

- Membership: Russ Dimmitt
- NFPA 31 Representative: John Pilger
- NFPA 54 Representative: Jim Brewer
- NFPA 211 Representative: Bob Priesing
- UL Representative: Russ Dimmitt